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support? >> well, i think in the end, again, you had tons of money coming in from outside wisconsin, trying to make this about collective bargain rights and somehow they thought it was a rights issue. if it was a rights issue, there would be protests outside the wou white house right now. when the public understands that workers still have protections in this state, but in the end we're going to pay, i included, as a public employee, will pay more for my pension and more for my health care, but still much less than any brother who's a middle class taxpayer in the state and his family pay for the health care pension, they're going to realize this was the right thing to do to protect the middle class in wisconsin. >> governor scott walker, come back when we have more time. thanks for being on the show today. >> thank you for fitting us in. and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of
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several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, coming on shore in hawaii about
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an hour ago and expected to strike the west coast next. take a look at some of the pictures we've got. waves as high as 6 feet, flowing across low-lying coastal sections of the hawaiian islands. it's dark there, of course, about five hours earlier than east coast time. so residents in hawaii will be waking up to this. they've been told to evacuate to higher ground. in the tsunami's path, also the west coast, where high waves are expected to arrive within the next two to three hours. a spokesman for california's emergency management office says northern california could see waves as high as 6 feet and said evacuations along the coast are very possible. and all of this, the result of a massive earthquake. a magnitude 8.9 that devastated japan's eastern coast. it struck just before 3:00 in the afternoon local time in japan, and then sent walls of water, up to 30 feet high, rushing inland, washing away cars, ships, even entire
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buildings. there is massive damage being reported today. fires burning out of control around the country. hundreds of people are dead. many more missing. the death toll expected to rise. and just within the last hour, thousands of residents near a nuclear power plant there are being evacuated. the quake was felt across a 1,300 mile stretch, striking dozens of cities and villages. nbc news producer aratta ya yamamoto is in tokyo. he experienced this quake firsthand. what are you seeing and what is the latest from japan? >> reporter: the latest information we're hearing is that near the epicenter, about 800 miles north of tokyo, the local police there have found 200 to 300 bodies they believe drowned during the first wave of the tsunami. also, in terms of confirmed fatalities, the numbers range, depending on the media
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organization, anywhere between 70 to 100. so we expect the numbers to rise as we get a better idea of how extensive the damage and the effects were of this earthquake and the tsunamis. >> arata, did you feel it in tokyo? >> reporter: i did. i'm in a skri skrairp and office that's located on the 27th floor. we felt the tremor here too. it started off really slow and then it started to move sideways. the shake was so bad that it was hard to stand up. it was almost like being on a boat in a storm. >> and what kind of -- have there been aftershocks? i mean, obviously, a massive earthquake like this, there's almost always aftershocks. what have you seen or heard on japanese television? >> reporter: well, i lost count after -- like around 20 this afternoon, and they're still -- right now, they just reported
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another aftershock just now. none of them nearly as bad as the first that happened at 2:46 today, but there have been aftershocks. >> and we were just watching some video taken inside an office building and you can just see how the earth just shook and then followed by that wall of water. as i understand it, the subways have been closed, trains aren't running. is there traffic on the streets? is it chaos there? are people calm or are they panicking? >> i think people are calming. you're right, the train system in tokyo because of this earthquake was halted. they just started to resume some of the services now and so people are able to move now, but what would happen before is that you have all these people working in tokyo stuck in the city, not able to go home. they have, throughout the city, allocated elementary schools to serve as a temporary shelter for
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those people stuck in the city. i see a street just outside the office, the traffic wasn't moving at all about an hour ago. it's started to move a little bit now. >> there have been some concerns. obviously, we've seen footage of some fires that have been started in the aftermath of this earthquake. and also some concern about japan's nuclear power plants. what can you tell us? >> yeah. well, the nuclear power plant, the government held a press conference about an hour ago. he said he's been in touch with the iaea in vienna. wanted was one of the reactors, the cooling mechanism wasn't working. and so as a precautionary measure, there's been no radiation leak, but as a precautionary measure, they're evacuating people who live within a three-kilometer radius of that reactor. >> all right, our nbc -- yes?
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>> reporter: and then some of the fire, the oil refinery. it seems like they can't put that out with fire trucks. they have to let it flame out. and it seems like it's starting to flame out a little bit. >> our nbc news producer, arata yamamoto reporting for us. now let's turn to hawaii. jeffrey smigen, he was forced to evacuate his home in ewa beach, hawaii, and joins us now. we're hearing reports that as the the water is receding and the way a tsunami works, reefs are being seen that have never seen before off some parts of hawaii. what are you seeing, what are you feeling, what are you prepared for? >> caller: well, not really prepared for anything. we did the best we could.
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we were right on the water, so the water only has a rise of a couple feet, and our highs will be washed. so it's an world war ii-style house, paper-thin walls, it's tropical living. and it won't take much at all to really wipe out what we've got. so as far as what we can see, it's still dark, it's still morning, it's been a really long night. so there's not a whole lot we can see. yeah, it does look like the water seems to pull out and come back in. it's fascinating. so i feel kind of a surreal detachment from what's going on. excited for morning to come, to kind of see what's going to be left of all this. >> and geoffrey, how did you hear about this? were you awakened by tsunami sirens? >> caller: yeah. tara and i, we were about ready to head to bed and we just happened to get on the pc and a little alert came up and then the tv gets interpreted and then
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we saw that, checked out the reports online, and then within ten minutes, the tsunami warning that's about 100 yards from our house just goes off. they warn ahead of time it's going to happen, and by then everyone in the whole island knows what's happening at that point, and that alarm's been going off every hour. helicopters overhead, police come through, the neighbors talk to neighbors. we've had phone calls. >> where are you right now? where did you get evacuated to? >> we're currently staying with friends. we're grateful for that. we're actually just on the other side of pearl harbor. from here i can see ft. island, bridge, i can see, you know, the navy ships. so we were thankfully higher up from the water, so we're safer here. but we're still within view of the ocean. >> all right. well, geoffrey smigun in hawaii, we know these are tense moments for you. thank you for joining us today. and i should mention that on
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hawaiian television in honolulu, gerhard friar said he did not expect the tsunami to be a "major damaging event" in hawaii. white house chief of staff bill daley notified the president of the earthquake at 4:00 this morning. >> the white house is offering assistance to japan and says fema is ready to come to the aide of hawaii and other affected states. nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house on a day when the president is also expected to hold a news conference later this morning to talk about gas prices among other things, but surely hawaii will top his remarks today. >> reporter: well, that's right. of course, no one need to be reminded that the president grew up in hawaii. he's very sensitive there to the threat of tsunami, although they haven't had one recently. he's probably heard that call that your previous guest was describing, when there is a tsunami warning and all residents have to get to high ground. at about 6:00 this morning, the president put out that statement, expressing condolences from himself and first lady michelle obama,
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pledging to help japan in any way they can, and pledging that fema will be prepared for any potential events like a tsunami if it were to hit hawaii. in the meantime, the president has called this press conference, guys, ostensibly to talk about gas prices and respond to some criticism from republicans on that score. but there's a lot of criticism from democrats over the course of the week that's really been mounting. starting last week, hey, mr. president, from democrats, tap the strategic petroleum reserve to bring gases down. mr. president, you've got to do more in libya. john kerry says you've got to crater the runways so moammar gadhafi can't attack his own people from the air. mr. president, you've got to get more involved in this budget negotiation. we don't know where we're going, we don't know the way out. the white house have been very sensitive, that they haven't been doing enough. strong criticism from speaker boehner yesterday, saying the president does not have a strategy that's going to bring down gas prices, because there's not enough oil production, domestic oil production, all of the above, oil strategy or
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energy strategy coming from republicans. we've heard that over the past few years. jay carney responding very sharply yesterday saying, look, the oil companies produce more oil than they ever have, at least last year. it's one of the all-time highs. a week from today, the budget resolution expires. the government runs out of money, unless there's an agreement, so there'll be a lot of questions, and probably the first one i'm going to guess is this controversy saying gadhafi will stay in power, and donilon saying, no, he isn't. >> mike viqueira, you did a great job summing up everything that's on the president's plate. and they called this press conference because they needed a vehicle to feel the pain at the pump of the average american, events overtaking them. mike viqueira, thanks very much. more on the tsunami wave including a full report to the threat of u.s. mainland. five states are under either tsunami warnings or watches. and later we'll talk to fema director craig fugate. he joins us.
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also ahead, this is the week the presidential race actually got off the ground. if it were an airplane, we'd actually say it's actually took off. we'll talk to former senator rick santorum, who became the first semi-candidate to visit iowa, new hampshire, and south carolina all in one week. but first, a look ahead at the president's schedule today. and mike viqueira previewed it, 11:15 news conference. you're watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc. ith back pain. and a choice. take advil now... and maybe up to 4 in a day. or, choose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. smart move. ♪
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as we continue following the breaking news coming out of japan, u.s. mill officials have told nbc news that the japanese government has asked for assistance in responding to the earthquake and tsunami, and now those tsunami waves are starting to be felt in hawaii and the west coast is next. northern and central california could see tsunami waves as high
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as 7 feet. they're expected to arrive between one and two hours from now. nbc's miguel almaguer is live for us this morning in newport beach, california. miguel, folks just waking up there on the west coast. what preparations are they taking? >> reporter: yeah, savannah, they are taking many preparations this morning. at about 5:00 a.m. local time, the orange county sheriff's department here in southern california closed beaches, harbors, and piers. they are taking this tsunami advisory, it's just an advisory here, very seriously. in fact, a local school has been closed down. and even trails along the beaches have been shut down. but they are telling residents to stay away from the water. in fact, on our way in here, there was even a road block that we were able to go around that was put up to keep residents back. the threat is also hitting northern california this morning. as a matter of fact, crescent city is ordering evacuations for many people who live in that town. that's a low-level town, so close to the water. the threat, first, will hit northern california and work its
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way to southern california. many cities, all across this state, already taking precautionary measures, keeping folks away from the waters, savannah. >> and miguel, how did these warnings get out? did the sirens go off, that are on the west coast, how did this system work this morning? >> reporter: chuck, here, at least in southern california, it's word of mouth. they're not letting -- authorities are not letting folks down to the beaches area. all of those have been closed. they have more sheriff officers, more coast guard officials down there. there are not too many homes in this area, most are elevated. and the concern is not for high tides and waves that are going to be a couple of feet. they're more concerned about surging waves. and that's their big concern here, that this will present a dangerous tide. of course, they want to keep swimmers out of the water, boaters out of the area and fishermen out of the area. so they're saying they're not really concerned about the
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height of the waves, but instead, the tidal surge, that making it for a difficult tide. >> nbc's miguel almaguer on duty for us in newport beach, this morning, thank you, miguel. and the tsunami caused by that devastating earthquake is moving across the pacific ocean right now, leaving people on many of the islands there in its wake scrambling to find safety. so what can victims of the quake expect next and how can people stay prepared for the worst-case scenario? >> we are joined now by lucy jones of the u.s. geological survey and etan edwards. lucy, let me start with you. explain now what's -- i guess if you could just take us through, what's happening in the pacific ocean right now as this water surges its way to the west coast of the united states. >> okay. when the earthquake hit, the surface of the ocean floor actually changed shape. it bounced up and over a length
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of many of hundreds of miles and the width of maybe 100 miles, rose up, 10, 20 feet, something like that. all that water that used to be in that space had to go somewhere else. and that's what generates the tsunami. and it's a big enough pulse that it travels out very quickly at about the speed of a jet plane. a wave is moving across the pacific basin at this time. but it's more than one wave. it's, you know, once it jumps up, it sort of sloshes back and forth. and we're going to see continuing waves for several hours. now, that's been superimposed on a tide, so the biggest wave can often be later than the first one. >> lucy, i was going to ask you, because we've heard from our people on the ground that japan is experiencing significant aftershocks. our producer felt 20 of them. could a significant aftershock produce yet another tsunami? >> it's very unlikely that the aftershock will produce a tsunami, because you need that
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huge area that you have in the main shock. and the magnitude is what determines the size of that area. you really do need to get up to the close to magnitude 9 to produce a big tsunami. that said, there are lots of aftershocks, way more than 20. there have already been recorded about 80 above magnitude 5 in this time, there are 20 above magnitude 6. so locally in japan, the aftershocks are going to be continuing, they're going to be a big issue. it could very well be triggering an aftershock on land that has the potential to do extra damage because it's nearby. but at the distant sites, it's the one tsunami, but there are multiple waves that are going to be coming through. >> and etan, how long should folks expect this tsunami to be -- to be a threat? >> well, i mean, until -- i mean, the most significant portion of this was the major earthquake, so the great quake, which was a magnitude 8.9. so they should expect when the
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waters recede that they're pretty much safe. i really don't believe we're going to see another earthquake equivalent to that. one of the most important things for them to do is get to high ground, to have an orderly evacuation, and to move to areas where they can kind of like wait until the waters recede and get back into the areas they came from. >> and etan, for those waking up on the west coast or in hawaii, what is the best way to be prepared? >> well, the best way to be prepared is if when you get the warnings and you get the emergency alert system, you know, grab some of your materials. people are advised to have grab and go bags in their houses. what you want to do is have your important papers and some tooth paste and soap, some other things that you can -- you know, essentials, and take them with you as you head to high ground. it's very important to be an older evacuation, but rapid as well. because this is a tremendous amount of power and people cannot underestimate the power of a tsunami. >> aton edwards of the discovery
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channel and lucy jones, thank you very much for those tips. all right. coming up next, japan is, of course, the world's third largest economy. what affect will this earthquake and tsunami have on the u.s. markets as they open this morning? we're going to get a check on wall street before the bell. plus, we will go live to california again. they are bracing for impact right now. the tsunami that hit japan and hawaii now heading for the west coast, expected to hit northern california first this morning. we will be there live. >> it brings your best minds and their brightest ideas together. it helps the largest of companies seize opportunity like the smallest of startups. it's the network-- the intelligent, secure cisco network that lets your employees, partners, suppliers and customers innovate and share so you can unleash the power of your most valuable asset: your people.
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well, asian stocks took a hit today in the wake of japan's massive earthquake. how will u.s. stocks fare? >> cnbc's becky quick joins us now with a preview. becky, what can you tell us? >> good morning, guys. it looks like we are going to open down across the board here if in fact, we're minutes away
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from the open and right now it looks like those dow futures will be down by about 50 points right at the open. this is all coming as you see pressure on lots of different arenas. gold prices are down today. oil prices are down today. and if you watch some of the stocks in particular, insurers are taking a big hit. you've seen the pictures of what's happening in japan, as some of those tsunamis are playing out now in hawaii, expected later on the west coast. already, we've seen shares s b under pressure. other big insurers are down, especially the re-insurers. these are the insurance companies that insure the insurance companies, and they're expected to take the bulk of the hit. already you're seeing many of those stocks trading lower in europe and they'll open lower here in the united states as well. we mentioned oil prices coming down, in fact, they're down significantly today. down by about $2.85. oil now below $100, sitting at $89.95. that's a massive switch in opinion over the last couple of days. we've been watching the middle east and everything that's been
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happening there for the last couple of days. today was supposed to be the day of rage in saudi arabia, but those protests fizzled out. combine that with the pictures you're seeing coming out of japan and people have very different views today as we head into this weekend. on monday morning, the bank of japan will be holding a one-day meeting. it was originally scheduled to be two days. it will be one day and they will be making an announcement at the end of the day to try to stabilize markets there. guys, over to you. >> becky, very quickly, you know that president obama is holding a news conference this morning for the purpose of talking about energy and the oil situation. what does wall street want to hear from him? >> i think wall street would like to hear that at least the administration is focusing on this. they know it's a huge issue. the real questions, though, are not going to be answered by the administration. the market shows you how quickly their focus can shift from one arena to the other. today it became all about asia, particularly, what's going to happen in japan with the rebuilding. while some of those words might be calming for the markets to a certain extent, the real picture
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for the future for oil is going to be coming out of the middle east. >> all right. becky quick for us at cnbc's world headquarters, monitoring all of it. thanks very much. >> thanks, guys. coming up, the very latest on this devastating earthquake in japan and the threat to our own coastlines here in the united states. plus, the republican 2012 race kicked into high gear this week. we'll talk with one potential candidate who, get this, visited iowa, new hampshire, and south carolina in the same week. it's rick santorum. and we'll be right back. ♪ what do you see yourself doing after you do retire?
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chief for "the new york times." martin, what are you seeing? are the aftershocks still happening? >> yeah, we're getting a constant series of aftershocks. i mean, the first -- the initial quake, of course, was the big one. i mean, it was here in tokyo, skyscrapers were swaying and trains came to a halt. i mean, it really just paralyzed the city. but we've had just an unending series of smaller tremors ever since. so it's been a continuing event. it hasn't really stopped, even now. >> and tell us what the situation is in japan. i take it night has fallen now, but as we understand it, there are fires burning, power is out, and the death toll, we can only imagine, will rise from the 200 or 300 now being reported dead. >> yeah, we're just starting to get a sense of what the actual devastation is like up in northern japan. this quake took place a couple
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hundred miles north of tokyo, and the northern part of the main island of japan took the major brunt of the damage. they're showing a city now on japanese television that looks like it's almost completely on fire. they found in one location alone 200 or 300 bodies. so we're -- this stuff is just going to get worse and worse. and this information is going to be coming in. you know, because the northern japan has a lot of fairly remote communities. it's a rural area with rugged coastline. and so it's going to take time to learn the full extent of the damage up there. >> well, martin fackler live on the phone with us this morning from tokyo, thank you for your reporting and keep in touch with us as we go along here this morning. we want to turn to nbc's jim c
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miklaszewski, live at the pentagon. and you're reporting that the country of japan has now reached out to the u.s. for assistance. what is likely to be the response? >> well, you know, they have to go through the traps here at the pentagon and issue formal orders, but the u.s. navy's not waiting to do that. they're already prepositioning some of their ships. in fact, they've got a couple of ships, one in japan and another in singapore, amphibious aircraft helicopter carriers, that are either loading aim fibbofi amphibious vehicles, or they're already loading humanitarian aid in anticipation of the order. so there are about a half dozen amphibious ships prepositioning themselves to provide assistance to the people in northern japan, the hardest hit by both the earthquake and tsunami. and the aircraft carrier ronald reagan is also prepositioning itself to head to that area.
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the aircraft carrier could provide helicopter airlift evacuation, even a floating hospital until sch time that japan gets that area back under control and on its feet. the important thing here this morning, according to u.s. military officials, is that most of the u.s. military bases on okinawa or far southern japan were not hit, in any significant way, by either the earthquake or the tsunami. no deaths or injuries reported among u.s. military personnel in japan. and any damage was reportedly significant -- insignificant. >> very quickly, what is it that our military -- we've got plenty of -- what kind of resources in japan can we dispatch? is that what we should expect at this point? that those resources in southern japan, in okinawa will be used? >> that's right. but most of those resources will be put on those amphibious ready ships, which are quite frankly, ready made for this kind of disaster.
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they've done it in the past. each of the amphibious ready groups has about 2,000 marines on board, helicopters that can obviously provide airlift and evacuation, and those amphibious landing vehicles that can hit the shores, much like we've seen in invasions all the way back to world war ii. but this would be an invasion of humanitarian assistance and aid, chuck? >> all right, jim miklaszewski with the latest at the pentagon for us this morning. and just to update everybody, the tsunami waves, the impact has now been felt in hawaii. we have one report from the honolulu star advertiser website saying the tsunami has arrived on all islands in hawaii, but no damage reported, as we watch these pictures coming in from japan. kgw out of oregon also reports those sirens have been heard and that the coastal areas of oregon are being evacuated. we will, of course, keep an eye on what's happening, not only in japan, but also the west coast and the hawaiian islands this
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morning. >> and we want to give you a little more information, just coming to us from the state department. a travel warning has been issued, urging people not to travel to japan right now. that alert actually extends through the first of april. updated information is available through the state department by contacting 888-407-4747. all right. we're going to take a quick little turn to politics. it's a week that the presidential race got off the ground. we had our first forum in west des moines. >> we need to be a country that turns toward god, not a country that turns away from god. my children, after reading the papers for years, used to think my first name was ultra. >> no american tax money will go to any abortion, anywhere outside the united states, period. >> and we saw the first set of mea culpas. >> there's no question that at
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times in my life, partially driven by how passionately i felt about this country, that i worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate. >> our experiment wasn't perfect. some things worked, some things didn't, some things i would change. >> and there was presidential travel. a lot of it. and more presidential travel. and still more travel. one candidate actually visited iowa, new hampshire, and south carolina, all in one week. that man was former pennsylvania senator, rick santorum, who joins us now from atlanta. and tonight, of course, senator santorum keynotes the stratford county republican committee's lincoln reagan dinner in durham, new hampshire. senator, before we get going with you, we should mention to our viewers that we continue to follow this breaking news coming out of japan this morning and will report any developments as they come into our newsroom. but i guess the first question to you is, what are you waiting for? you've been to iowa, new hampshire, and south carolina countless times. are you in this race or what? >> well, first, savannah win
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also want to offer my prayers to the people of japan. it's a wonderful country, a great ally, and so disheartening to hear -- tragic to hear what's going on there. and hopefully our military and our government aid will rapidly arrive there. and also, i'm sure that the american people will be generous in their donations to aid organizations, private aid organizations, that will be on the ground there helping also. so my sympathies go to them and our prayers go to them. as far as what i'm doing, i'm out trying to make sure that we have a different president in 2013. and, you know, whether i end up being that nominee or not, i want to be part of that process to make sure that we're sounding the right themes, that we've got a message that's strong and that's inclusive, that's comprehensive in attracting all elements of the republican party, and all elements of america. because we're not just in an economic crisis, which we clearly are, but we're also looking at what's going on in the middle east.
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what's going on here with the family and the culture in our country. we've got a lot of problems that we've got to confront and we've got to be dealing with all those issues and talking about them and solutions that we propose versus the more problems that this administration seems to get us into. >> you know, senator, in the nbc "wall street journal" poll, we asked this question about economic issues versus social issues. as you know, mitch daniels, a potential opponent of yours in the presidential race, governor of indiana, suggested that there should be a truce, frankly, on social issues for a while, while tackling the economic crisis. we asked republican voters that question. overwhelmingly, they seem to agree with that stance. clearly, in your answer, you to not agree with that stance. you do not believe there should be a truce for now while the focus is on the economy? >> well, is the other side conducting a truce? is barack obama in not defending doma conducting a truce? these are issues that are important to our country. we can haven't a limited
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government unless we have strong families and strong communities. and to say that we're going to allow marriage to just go with -- let the left do whatever they want to do and destroy the institution of marriage, we just won't talk about it. i think that's irresponsible. america isn't just about money. it's very important -- i mean, money's important, jobs are important. they're certainly the highest priority right now, but it's not just about that. and if we ignore the consequences of the breakdown of the family and what that means to society going forward, i think we do it at our peril. and i think we just show that we're a narrow party instead of a broad party. >> and senator santorum, before we let you go, you had just mentioned a few minutes ago one of the big crisis facing the world is what's happening in the middle east. you said this week, "ronald reagan bombed libya. if you want to be reaganesque, the path is clear." do you think the united states should bomb libya?
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>> i think the united states should take an active role in managing the situation to a positive income, and the president is just sitting there and fretting, not acting. being as indecisive as i've ever seen a president -- >> would you commit u.s. -- >> so the answer is -- >> would you commit u.s. resources? >> the answer is we should be recognizing the rebels, we should be providing arms, not serviced air missiles, but arms that can be used on the ground to help them in their efforts and we should be enforcing a no-fly zone. and if that means air strikes to knock out command and control, the answer is yes, we should do that. and by the way, the french and the portuguese are suggesting this. to have the french and the portuguese leading the effort and to have the american president be silent and indecisive is not something most americans are comfortable with. >> senator santorum, we'll leave it there. we have a lot more to ask you, but on this day with everything that's going on in the pacific, we need to leave it there. >> completely understandable. >> appreciate it.
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>> a program note, another potential republican presidential contender, indiana governor mitch daniels will be the exclusive guest this sunday on mete "meet the press" and ou chuck todd will be filling in as moderator. we'll be right back with the latest out of japan and the massive earthquake there and the tsunami waves headed for the west coast.
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breaking news into msnbc. the waves of those tsunamis triggered by that earthquake, and you're seeing pictures of the aftermath in japan, those waves from the tsunami are actually hitting hawaii right now. and the west coast of the united states is bracing for high waves
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of their own. >> the federal government stands at the ready with assistance and for more on what we're doing right now, we're joined by the fema administrator, dr. craig fugate. director fugate, can you just tell us, there have been warnings, watches, and advisories for five states plus some of the u.s.-controlled islands like guam, plus, hawaii and alaska. differentiate it all for us and where things stand right now. >> all right. well, right now, we do see some of the additional waves from the tsunami reaching the hawaiian islands. this is a situation that's developing. people should not look at this and go, it's not bad. still, waves are coming in and we haven't seen the full effects in the hawaiian islands. but unfortunately, people were evacuated. the governor activated his team and got people to turn on the sirens to get people up. fourth out, guam, it looks like those areas have already passed their risk. we still have american samoa, hawaii now being hit with the
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waves and the west coast of the united states, particularly in california, northern california, and oregon, as well as advisories up into alaska. when this started this morning, the tsunami warning centers put out the initial warnings, and based on that, everyone from the local officials all the way up here to fema have been getting ready in case we needed to respond to this. >> so, director, to be clear, you are not yet saying that hawaii is in the clear? people should still very much be on guard? >> absolutely. the tsunami warning center saying, look, they may not be able to give the all-clear until probably sunrise. when these first waves get there, it doesn't mean that's it. this can actually take several hours for this energy and this water to move through. so people should not drop their guard until they get the word from their local officials that they have an all-clear on these warnings. >> and director, look, i'm sure a lot of people on the west coast, they've never experienced this. some of them are probably watching with interest, but at the same time, don't believe the
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hype. what can you do to tell them, hey, you know, don't act this way. >> well, i'll tell you what california's doing. they're shutting down u.s. 1. they recognize that there's enough uncertainty in these forecasts that you cannot risk not getting people to stay away from the beach and evacuating some of the low-lying evacuating the low-lying areas. with the tsunami forecast, we know the potential there. we cannot wait until the waves are crashing in to say we didn't evacuate or we weren't ready. this is precautionary and do not take it lightly. local officials know best what areas are at risk. until they give you the all clear, stay out of the areas and don't go down to look at it. this is a situation that is still developing. they don't need to hassell people sightseeing when they are trying to evacuate >> good to have you on the show with the latest about the federal government's response.
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we continue to following the breaking news, the earthquake that devastated japan this morning. in tokyo, news is sketchy at this point, but we are seeing a report from the kyoto news agency reporting 88,000 people missing in japan what have you heard? >> reporter: we are hearing that the number of missing is in several hundreds. there is no exact figure yet. the largest patch north of japan, reportedly about 300 people missing.
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obviously we just don't know the numbers, but they will certainly rise. we don't know in terms of numbers confirmed dead, it's between 200 and 300 so far. we know the numbers will rise as we find out more about the extent of the damage. >> i know there power outages in a lot of places in the northern part of japan. where is there power. does tokyo have power? >> reporter: we have power here in tokyo, but pockets of areas in northern japan where they are still trying to get power to them. not just power, but communication lines. even here in tokyo, it's hard getting a line out to the outside. >> our producer on the ground in tokyo continuing to follow this.
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we know you would. 8.9 moog tagnitude earthquake hg northern japan and the death toll stands at the moment at 200 to 300 people >> people in oregon were asked to evacuate the coastline. don't go out and watch. if you are on the west coast, get away from the waters. this is not something to watch. >> that are is it for "the daily rundown." our breaking news continues >> see you all day long on this issue and the presidential news conference and we will hear from him on this catastrophic earthquake, the government's response and so much more. this is your weekend forecast we are watching for continued
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